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(2003), PG-13
Analysis Date: June 20, 2003
CAP Score: 74 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: 0.47

MinMax: -51

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(2003), (PG-13) -- I guess art has left the big screen.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Franchise Pictures
Distribution (US): Warner Bros
Director(s): Rob Reiner
Producer(s): Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Alan Greisman, Peter Guber, James A. Holt, Jeremy Leven, Rob Reiner, Elie Samaha, Tracee Stanley, Jeffrey Stott, Steve Tisch
Written by/Screenplay: Jeremy Leven, Adam Scheinman, Andrew Scheinman, Rob Reiner
Cinematography/Camera: Gavin Finney
Music: Michelle Branch, Marc Shaiman
Film Editing: Alan Edward Bell, Robert Leighton
Casting: Janet Hirshenson, Jane Jenkins
Production Design: John Larena
Art Direction: Helen Harwell
Viewed At: Drftwood Theater 6

I wonder if ever movie writers will be able to write a romance without sex? They used to be able to do so. It takes a really good writer to be able to write a good movie without it. I guess art has left the big screen.

Alex Sheldon (Luke Wilson) is a writer. He is a writer with a debt. A gambling debt. And the Cubans to whom he owes $100,000 visit him to collect their money. Alex does not have it. He will ... as soon as he writes the manuscript for his second book. Publisher Wirschafter (Rob Reiner) is ready to hand Alex a $125,000 check when Alex hands him the manuscript for his next book. But Alex is suffering writer's block. Even the threats of being killed by the hoods wanting their $100,000 doesn't seem to give Alex enough incentive to write. They hang him out the window by his ankles (twice), torch his computer, trash his spartan apartment and give him 30 days to come up with the $100,000 or they will kill him. So, Alex has 30 days to come up with a manuscript and $100,000 or die.

Realizing he must get started and do so fast, and do so without a word processor, Alex hires stenographer Emma Dinsmore (Kate Hudson) and tries to get the creative juices flowing. Once he gets started, Emma adds more the to flow of the content of the story than Alex. Emma's intimate involvement in typing the book for him leads to intimate involvement in bed with him. Little does Emma know she has placed herself at one of the three corners of a love triangle with Polina Delacroix (Sophie Marceau).

The book is about a gambler named Adam (Luke Wilson) in the early part of the 20th century. The movie bounces back and forth between the two worlds: Alex's drab apartment and the ritzy world Alex is creating in his book. Not only do Alex and Emma end up in bed, so do Adam and Polina (as one of the book characters). And Adam and Anna (Kate Hudson), another book character who is also Ylva, Elsa and Eldora. Adam also watches Polina take a bubble bath. And so do we. We also watch Elsa blow on Adam's crotch to cool the hot water spilled on it. Elsa does so after Adam tells her to do so. [Rev. 21:8] There's more, but I'll leave it up to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section. This movie is a perfect example of the dangers of which we are warned in Ps. 12:8.

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  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable [vile], and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers [practitioners of witchcraft, magic, sorcery], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.


    Alex & Emma (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • breaking and entering
  • assault
  • threat to kill by hanging victim out a window by the ankles, twice
  • threat to kill with words
  • gambling, twice
  • extortion

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • seven uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • urination
  • lies, repeatedly

    Sex/Homosexuality (S)
  • talk of sexual immorality as acceptable, repeatedly
  • anatomical references, repeatedly, some quite vulgar
  • imagery of oral sex by woman blowing on a man's crotch
  • man and woman in bed making out, repeatedly, ostensibly for sex
  • intercourse with nudity with shadow silhouetting, no gender specifics seen
  • partial nudity after intercourse
  • woman in tub with man looking on

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)
  • 11 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • putting faith in muses

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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    NOTE: While the Summary/Commentary section of these reports is precisely that -- a summary in commentary format which can be and sometimes is subjective, the actual CAP Analysis Model (the Findings/Scoring section) makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse, for manufacture of justification for, or camouflaging of ignominious content or aberrant behavior or imagery with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme/plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example of behavior or thought from the sinful display or of the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. We make no attempt to quantify the "artistic" or "entertainment" value of a movie -- whether a movie has any positive value or "entertainment" value is up to mom/dad. The CAP analysis model is the only known set of tools available to parents and grandparents which give *them* the control they need, bypassing the opinion-based assessment of movies by others and defeating the deceit of those who would say anything to convince their parents otherwise. The model is completely objective to His Word. Our investigation standards are founded in the teachings and expectations of Jesus Christ. If a sinful behavior is portrayed, it is called sinful whether Hollywood tries to make it otherwise. That the sinful behavior is "justified" by some manufactured conditions does not soften nor erase the price of sin. Whether there is application of fantasy "justification" or "redemption" is up to mom/dad.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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